US 7509770 B2
A reporting system collects, communicates and analyzes information from a plurality of pest monitoring locations. The monitored locations include activity sensing pest devices. These devices can include traps and/or passive and active monitoring devices not having a trapping or killing functionality. The system includes automatic reporting from the plurality of activity sensing pest devices and also includes physical inspection data. Preferably an automatic real-time communication system is used, with the preferred communication system being a radio-frequency (RF) or other over-the-air system. However, hardwired systems, use of a personal digital assistant (PDA) as an interim data carrier, and other technologies may also be employed. Manual input devices for providing the additional physical inspection data on the activity sensing pest device parameters and a computer based report generator (of the resulting combined data) provide for a robust and efficient pest monitoring and/or trapping tool.
1. A non-human pest reporting system for monitoring a building, comprising:
a) a pest report database including pest activity information, pest device identification information and manual device status information;
b) a plurality of sensors, the plurality of sensors positionable at locations within a single building, each of the sensors arranged and configured to monitor pest activity and to generate a pest activity signal, the pest activity signal including an identification designation for the respective sensor, each of the sensors further including a respective device proximate each sensor to accept manual input when each sensor is inspected, wherein the manual input is defined as a status signal, each of the respective devices is positioned at the same location as the sensor corresponding to the respective device, at least one of the plurality of sensors further including a pest trap that encloses, retains or kills one or more non-human pests; and
c) a communication device, operatively connected to each of the sensors, for communicating the pest activity signal, the identification designation for each sensor, and the status signal to the report database; and wherein the pest report database is updated to include the pest signal occurrences and the status signal.
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a) a pest report database including pest activity information, pest device identification information and manual device status information;
b) a plurality of pest activity sensors, each pest sensor located on a housing and configured to generate a pest signal, the pest signal including an identification designation for the respective sensor and wherein the pest sensors are located at respective pest monitoring locations, wherein at least one of the nest sensors further includes a pest trap that encloses, retains or kills one or more non-human pests;
c) a plurality of input devices, with each pest activity sensor associated with a corresponding one of the plurality of input devices, for manual entry of status data when the respective activity sensing pest device is inspected, wherein the corresponding one of the plurality of input devices is located on the same housing on which the corresponding pest activity sensor is located; and
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This application claims priority from provisional application Ser. No. 60/368,647, filed Mar. 29, 2002, and which is incorporated herein by reference.
This invention relates generally to a method and apparatus for providing reporting on a plurality of activity sensing pest devices; more particularly to a system for providing automatic reporting from a plurality of activity sensing pest devices together with physical inspection data; and still more particularly to an automatic real-time reporting system for a plurality of traps with manual input means for providing additional data on trap parameters based on physical inspection and a report generation means on the resulting combined data.
Rodents, flies, cockroaches, and other nuisance insects and animals (hereafter referred to collectively as “pests”) create health concerns and introduce spoilage, among other concerns. Many businesses deploy a variety of traps and/or monitors throughout the business' physical premises and facilities to insure a reduction and/or elimination of such pests. These actions can be undertaken to insure inspection compliance, to maintain sanitary conditions, reduce spoilage, comply with applicable laws and regulations, and/or increase consumer confidence. Even upon complete elimination of pests from a physical site, however, the pests can often find their way back into the premises. For example, open doors, windows or loading docks, cracks in foundations, delivery of contaminated materials or packaging, etc., may all provide an avenue for access back into the premises. Therefore, even if the pests are reduced or eliminated, pest traps are continuously used in order to detect the presence of pest activity.
Since many physical plants are large, often a great many traps are required to adequately cover the premises. As the number of traps increases, so too does the time and labor required to physically inspect the traps. Presently, physical inspections of each and every trap at a facility are performed at desired time intervals (e.g., weekly or monthly). These inspections insure that captured pests are removed from the trap, that the trap is in working order and that the trap is still in the proper location. It will be appreciated, however, that while each trap is inspected, such inspection is not oftentimes needed for each trap. For example, in many cases a large number of traps did not catch any pests in the given time interval, the traps are still in working order and the traps are properly placed.
In the prior art, systems have been developed (such as U.S. Pat. Nos. 4,517,557; 4,884,064; and 5,949,636) which are focused principally on notification of trap activity. These same devices suffer from drawbacks in that they do not provide additional information regarding the time of activity, the condition of the trap and the ability to track other parameters which may help reduce the pests on a more constant basis on the premises.
For example these prior art systems do not have the ability to reconcile different modes of trap activity, such as human or environmental interference with actual pest activity. A pest control system can preferably differentiate pest and non-pest activity in order to use information to identify and address the source of pest activity. An additional drawback of systems in the prior art is the lack of ability to track the action(s) taken once trap activity occurred. Such actions may include the trap being inspected and emptied, if required, as well as the time between trapping a pest and removing it from the facility.
Pest information systems utilizing barcode scanning and manual data input are also known in the art. These systems (such as the barcoding system sold under the designation Estat by the assignee of the present invention, Ecolab Corporation, as part of its Ecopro system) do not quantitatively track pest activity as a function of desired time intervals (e.g., such as daily, hourly, etc.). Additionally, the prior art barcode scanning systems do not provide data or otherwise indicate potential trap activity prior to actually visiting the trap.
A combination of activity sensing pest devices equipped with feedback mechanisms would significantly improve the ability to deliver pest control at a facility. For example by having a more comprehensive understanding of the conditions which existed when the pest was captured, such conditions may be altered so that the opportunities to capture additional pests and/or reduce the re-introduction of pests into the facility are maximized. By taking such proactive steps, the costs and labor associated with monitoring the traps may be ultimately reduced.
Therefore, there arises a need for a pest monitoring and reporting apparatus and method which provides timely reporting on pest conditions and for the introduction of additional data from a physical inspection of the pest monitoring location. The pest monitoring location can be a passive or active monitoring location, can include trapping, and/or can include a combination of monitoring and trapping. Further, such system would also help reduce unnecessary visits to a number or percentage of the locations and traps that do not require physical inspection at that time. The present invention directly addresses and overcomes the shortcomings of the prior art.
The present invention provides for a method, apparatus and reporting system for collecting, communicating and analyzing information from a plurality of pest monitoring locations. The monitored locations include activity sensing pest devices. These devices can include traps and/or passive and active monitoring devices not having a trapping or killing functionality. While traps may constitute the majority of activity sensing pest devices in a given pest control program, devices which only monitor pest activity may be preferred in some locations and applications. Accordingly, both types of devices may be utilized in the various environments in which the present invention may be employed. Further, unless the context provides otherwise, both traps and passive or active pest monitoring devices are included within both the scope of the term “activity sensing pest devices” and within the scope of the invention.
The system provides automatic reporting from a plurality of activity sensing pest devices and further includes physical inspection data. The resulting reports, due to the additional information, provide a finer granularity report than was possible in the prior art. Further, in the preferred embodiment, an automatic real-time communication system is used in connection with a plurality of activity sensing pest devices. The communication system is preferably radio-frequency (RF) or other over-the-air system. However, hardwired systems, use of a personal digital assistant (PDA) as an interim data carrier, and other technologies may also be employed. Manual input means for providing the additional physical inspection data on the activity sensing pest device parameters and a computer based report generation means (of the resulting combined data) provide for a robust and efficient pest monitoring and/or trapping tool.
In one preferred embodiment of the present invention, a device constructed in accordance with the principles of the present invention includes a plurality of pest presence sensors located within, adjacent or proximate to a plurality of pest traps. As noted above, the sensors may also be used without a trapping or killing functionality directly associated therewith. Therefore, the individual sensors detect the presence of a pest, detect the presence of a pest in a respective trap and/or detect that the trap has operated in a manner indicating the presence of a pest within the trap (e.g., that the trap was activated). When the sensor detects this condition, a pest signal is generated and a communication device acts to relay the event data and a trap identifier code to a computer. The sensor may also provide a time stamp for the event data. Alternatively, the computer can generate a time stamp based on the time that the signal is received. Since many traps are multiple catch traps, the present invention provides for recording and tracking multiple events from a single trap. Similarly, pest monitoring devices that do not include a trap often can provide information on multiple pest events. The transmitted data is collected in a database program running on the computer, and an initial report is generated.
During or subsequent to generating the initial report, a physical inspection of those traps generating one or more events occurs. The physical inspection includes resetting traps, identifying false positive trap conditions, correcting trap location placement, and identifying other trap parameter data. Such data is preferably input at the trap itself via a manual data entry device. It will be appreciated, however, that such physical inspection data may also be temporarily stored in a portable computer (for example a personal digital assistant (PDA)) and subsequently downloaded into the computer database. A physical inspection can also be made of an area in which a monitoring device is located only for pest detection and not trapping. Inspection of such areas are preferably made if such monitor has generated one or more pest detection signals.
The resulting final report includes pest monitoring data, trap event data and the physical inspection data. This final report is beneficial to the pest control vendor and/or physical location manager since the combination of location, time stamp and physical inspection data can lead to determination of pest infiltration avenues. Furthermore, by generating an initial report, the physical inspection may be modified to visit only those traps or locations generating an event. Alternatively, a predetermined number and/or percentage of the other traps at the facility may also be visited on a periodic basis to insure that the traps are operable, properly placed, etc. Because fewer traps need to be visited on each physical inspection tour, less time is spent at the facility by the inspectors. This improves efficiency and cost effectiveness of the pest control program, while also improving the reporting function and the proactive nature of the pest control program.
Therefore, according to one aspect of the present invention, there is provided a pest monitor reporting system, comprising: a pest report database; a plurality of sensors, the sensors associated with respective activity sensing pest devices, the sensors being arranged and configured to determine if a pest is in the area monitored by the sensor and to generate a pest signal; a communication device, operatively connected to the sensors, for receiving the pest signal and for communicating to the pest report database that a pest signal occurred and the specific activity sensing pest device at which the pest signal occurred, wherein the pest report database is updated.
According to another aspect of the present invention, there is provided a pest monitor reporting system as described in the preceding paragraph wherein the pest activity sensing devices include a pest trap and/or include a pest monitor that does not include a trapping function.
According to a further aspect of the invention, there is provided a pest reporting method for a plurality of activity sensing pest devices (e.g., pest traps and/or monitors), comprising: monitoring a plurality of pest presence signaling devices associated with a similar number of pest traps and monitors; recording the occurrence of pest presence signals and associating the pest presence signal with individual traps and monitors; physically inspecting the pest traps and monitors which generate a pest presence signal; determining whether the pest presence signal is due to a pest or some other event; and recording additional data based on the physical inspection.
Another aspect of the invention includes the method as set forth in the preceding paragraph and further including one or more of the following additional steps: electronically recording additional data regarding trap condition; physically inspecting a number of the plurality of traps which did not generate a pest presence signal; generating a first report on the traps which generate a pest presence signal; and generating a second report which includes the pest presence signal data and the additional data.
While the invention will be described with respect to preferred embodiment configurations and with respect to particular devices used therein, it will be understood that the invention is not to be construed as limited in any manner by either such configuration or components described herein. Also, while the particular types of pests and traps are described herein, it will be understood that such particular pests and traps are not to be construed in a limiting manner. Instead, the principles of this invention extend to any environment in which pest detection is desired. Further, while the preferred embodiments of the invention will be generally described in relation to transmitting and receiving RF information from the traps, it will be understood that the scope of the invention is not to be so limited. These and other variations of the invention will become apparent to those skilled in the art upon a more detailed description of the invention.
The advantages and features which characterize the invention are pointed out with particularity in the claims annexed hereto and forming a part hereof. For a better understanding of the invention, however, reference should be had to the drawings which form a part hereof and to the accompanying descriptive matter, in which there is illustrated and described a preferred embodiment of the invention.
Referring to the drawings, wherein like numerals represent like parts throughout the several views:
A system constructed in accordance with the principles of the present invention may be employed in a variety of environments and with a variety of components. The system may include a variety of styles of activity sensing pest devices within a single facility (e.g., for trapping or sensing any type of animal, rodent, fly or insect) and utilizing a single reporting database; include individual styles of activity sensing pest devices in different reporting databases for the same facility; and/or include a single type of activity sensing pest devices in one or more reporting databases. In each case, the principles apply to an automatic, real-time reporting system for a plurality of activity sensing pest devices (e.g., traps and/or pest presence monitors), with manual input means for providing additional data on both the pest trap and pest monitor parameters based on physical inspection. A reporting database collects the data and provides reports on the resulting combined data. The system reports have greater utility, improve time, costs and efficiencies associated with inspection of the traps, and improves pest control.
A discussion of the various preferred trap and monitor embodiments which may be used in connection with the present invention will be deferred pending a discussion of the functional elements making up the present invention.
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Pest sensor 12 may take a number of forms, but in each form generally monitors pest activity in and/or about the trap 11. Examples of the pest sensor 12 include a switch or mercury switch (for monitoring movement of the trap), a capacitance device (for monitoring a pest altering the capacitance of a grid), a current monitoring device (for detecting current spikes in a destructive or electrocution style trap), or light extinction of a light source (for monitoring an interrupted beam or laser). The sensor 12 is generally located in or on the pest trap 11. However, it is possible to also locate the pest sensor 12 adjacent or proximate the trap 11. It will be appreciated that sensor 12 may be located in an area without a trap being present. In this latter case, the sensor 12 acts as a pest monitor for that area. When pest activity is detected and a pest presence or detection signal is generated by the sensor 12, the pest presence signal is provided to the communication block 14.
The communication block 14 may take a number of forms. For example, the communication block may communicate over a fixed wire (e.g., to hardwire receiver 21 via optional connection 23) or by telephone or cellular phone, it may take advantage of putting signals over existing wiring in a building, or it may utilize over-the-air transmissions designated as 22. In each of these forms, the communication block 14 operates to pass the pest presence or detection signal—as a pest event—to a receiver 15 (or alternatively directly to local PC 16). In the preferred embodiment, an RF type communication device is utilized. In this type of embodiment, the receiver 15 will generally be located relatively close to the transmitter device in communication block 14. In the preferred embodiment, the transmitter range is generally around one hundred feet. However, the range is affected by, among other factors, the type of RF device used and by the structural characteristics of the facility or area. If appropriate communication schemes are utilized, then the receiver 15 may be located off-site.
Sensor 12 may include a memory device or other data storage to accumulate event data and then pass along a block of information to the communication device. For example, sensor 12 may be constructed to archive pest presence signals in an onboard memory location or in a separate memory device 29. The later communication of the stored data may occur at set intervals, may be prompted by a polling transaction, or may be physically activated by an inspector via a personal computer, special purpose computing device, or PDA. By storing the data, any number of pest detection events may be transmitted as a block.
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The sensor 12 provides data on the activity sensing pest devices 11 identifier code, the time of the event, and the event itself. However, the receiver 15 or local computer 16 (discussed below) may provide a date stamp for the received pest event. In one embodiment, the communication block 14 includes a transmitter manufactured by Freshloc Technologies, Inc. (Plano, Tex.). Such transmitter is a strobe radio frequency (RF) transmitter, disclosed in Heller U.S. Pat. No. 5,119,104 and Heller U.S. Pat. No. 6,222,440, which patents are hereby incorporated by reference. The code of such device may be modified in order to hold a resistance change for a period of time to insure that events are detected during polling.
Once the event is transmitted to receiver 15, the data is provided to local computer 16. Computer 16 may be a special purpose computing device or may be a personal computer (e.g., an IBM compatible computer having a Pentium style chip). The data is in turn provided to remote personal computer 17 over the internet or direct connection 24. Computer 17 includes a processor 27, input devices 18 (e.g., keyboard and mouse or other pointing device), video display unit 19, and a printer 20. CPU 27 is provided to run a database program stored in memory 26. The program may also be running from a hard drive, floppy drive, CD-ROM, or from a server or other computer on a network machine. The database 25 is stored in memory 26. It will be appreciated that the database may also be stored on a local area network server, hard drive, cd-rom drive or other storage device accessible by the CPU 27.
Database 25 stores the event data and includes other database functions, such as relating events to pest trap identification numbers, and generating reports, among others. In one embodiment, the database program is provided by FreshLoc Technologies as part of their system identified by as the FreshLoc system. However, other relational database programs capable of storing and relating fields in a number of records, and having a report writing capability may also be utilized. When utilizing other programs, the received data from the various activity sensing pest devices 11 must be recognized by the computer 17 and stored in the database 25. The database 25 can reside on local computer 16 with reports being generated locally and, optionally, transmitted to other computers via a network, extranet or internet.
In the database 25, the activity associated with each activity sensing pest devices 11 may be tracked by the unique ID number. The facility of interest contains any desired number of activity sensing pest devices 11 and the location of the activity sensing pest devices 11 are maintained with the unique ID number to be used in the reporting process.
In order to provide the feedback information, each activity sensing pest device 11 also preferably includes one or more feedback devices 13 which permit an inspector to provide physical trap and monitor parameter feedback at the actual location of the activity sensing pest devices 11. This additional data is preferably input to the database 25 running on computer 17 (via the communication block 14 to receiver 15 to local computer 16). The feedback device 13 may take the form of one or more buttons; a keypad; a keyboard; one or more dipswitches; an infrared receiver which is configured to interact with a PDA (e.g., of the type sold under the designation Palm Pilot or other personal data device), or any other input device allowing selection among a plurality of parameter ID's such as those set forth in Table I below. In each case, the device 13 allows an inspector to indicate a particular parameter, from among a predetermined set of perimeters. For example, an inspector could indicate that a trap was inspected and no animal was found or that the trap was inspected and an animal was found. Table I includes a representative list of codes which may be utilized by a trap inspector.
It will be appreciated that the trap parameter/data is exemplary and other information may be provided. Further, the code number may be assigned arbitrarily. In other systems, the code number may be associated with other trap parameters. The resistance code is provided as an example of values which may be provided to a FreshLoc type system to distinguish between the various feedback data being entered. However, various voltage levels (as shown in Table I) may also be employed to generate the feedback data in an analog device.
The feedback data can alternatively be entered directly into local computer 16 by an operator after physically inspecting the traps. The data might also be temporarily stored during the inspection in a PDA or other special computing device, and subsequently downloaded into computer 16. In these embodiments, it will be appreciated that the input block 13, communication block 14 and receiver block 15 may be modified to function properly with the data gathering methodology employed. However, transmission of initial data on pest activity is preferred in order to generate an initial report (for example visits to the appropriate activity sensing pest devices can then be determined).
Preferably each activity sensing pest device 11 includes a feedback mechanism 13. Due to the characteristics of the physical premises, the costs, the benefits from the individual activity sensing pest device 11, and other factors, one or more of the activity sensing pest devices 11 may not include a feedback sensor 13. However, in view of the advantages provided by the feedback reporting system as described herein, it will be appreciated that the benefits increase as the amount and quality of the feedback data increases.
Once transmitted to the database 25, the additional parameter data on the activity sensing pest devices is also tracked against the appropriate ID number. This results in a refining of both the data and the resulting reports from database 25. The activity sensing pest devices reporting becomes a feedback loop as illustrated in
The feedback loop provides data on false positives, disturbed traps, and other factors. The time data corresponding to when the pest activity occurs helps to proactively determine pest infiltration factors and/or information relating to maintaining an optimum pest control plan, such as disturbed traps, etc.
The various styles of traps 11 may include a large variety of commercially available traps for trapping any type of animal, such as rodents or insects. Examples of commercially available live animal/rodent traps are the Victor M310 Tin Cat; the Havahart Live Traps; the Kwik Katch Mouse Trap, and the Kness Ketch-All. Examples of commercially available zapping light traps are the Gardner AG2001; the Gardner AG-661 Light Trap, and the Anderson Adhesive Insect Light Trap. Examples of commercially available glueboard light traps are the Ecolab Stealth Unit; the Gardner WS25; the Gardner GT100, and the Anderson Adhesive Insect Light Traps.
Several preferred embodiments of activity sensing pest devices 11 which may be utilized together with the present invention will next be discussed. In the discussion of the various embodiments, the sensing pest device 11 may also be referred to as pest trap 11 or monitor 11 as the sensing pest device 11 is intended to include both of these terms. Further, inspection data entry device 13 may, depending on the embodiment, be referred to as feedback device 13, input block 13, feed back mechanism 13, feedback sensor 13, means 13, and contact buttons 13. Still further, communication block 14 may also be referred to as transmitter 14 depending on the embodiment.
The trap 500 includes a curtain of light made up of a beam 502 which is bounced between reflective surfaces 504. In the preferred embodiment, a laser 503 is utilized with a laser power supply 505. Other light sources with collimating lenses (not shown) might also be used. The laser beam terminates at a photo cell 506. The photocell 506 is connected to amplifier circuit block 507. A sensitivity adjustment block 508 is included to compensate for the various devices into which the amplified signal from the photo cell might be provided. Such devices can include a microprocessor 509, a transmitter 510 (which may be used as a transmitter 14), manual input device (feedback mechanism) 516, and/or a counter block 511. Manual input device 516 may be used as the additional trap parameter input means 13.
When a flying insect 501 enters into the beam of light 502, a part of the light is extinguished. The photocell 506 detects the lower light intensity. Therefore, the light curtain may be used as a pest monitor or sensor 12. The amplifier circuit block 507 and sensitivity adjustment block 508 provide the pest activity signal to transmitter block 510 (and/or other blocks 509 and 511). The flying insects 501 are attracted by UV lamps 512 or other attractant. The device can operate as a counter alone (e.g., as a pest monitor without a physical trap) or it can operate as a trap. In the latter case, the flying insect may become entangled on a glue or sticky board lying beneath the light curtain 514 and/or become eliminated by electrical discharge device (not shown). A housing 513 mounts the various components of the trap.
A further discussion of a non-destructive flying insect monitor (and optional destructive trap) may be found in the commonly assigned application of the assignee hereof entitled LIGHT EXTINCTION BASED NON-DESTRUCTIVE FLYING INSECT DETECTOR, and filed concurrently herewith on Mar. 27, 2003. Such application is incorporated herein by reference.
Gross motion sensing switch 603 provides information on rough treatment of the trap 605. Examples may include the trap 605 being kicked by an individual or struck by an inanimate object (e.g., a ladder or forklift). Cover switch 604 can provide information on whether the trap has been opened prior to the physical inspection. Such information can explain an empty trap even though a pest detection signal has been generated and a pest event received. This switch can be a mercury type switch, a momentum switch, and other switches which sense physical movement of the trap (or which monitor the physical location of the trap, e.g., a GPS sensor). Switch 604 can take the form of a mechanical switch, photo sensitive switch, magnetic switch, and other devices which are capable of functionally determining if the cover has been opened.
In operation, a mouse or other rodent enters the trap 605 through entrance hole 600 into the rotating trap mechanism 602. The mechanism rotates with the rodent to place the rodent within housing 601, but without access back through entrance hole 600. The sensor 12 detects the rotation and triggers a pest activity signal to transmitter 14. This causes transmitter 14 to communicate with receiver 15 that a pest event occurred. During subsequent inspection, additional trap parameter data can be entered through buttons 13.
Capacitive sensing block 803 is arranged and configured to detect changes in the capacitive coupling between the electrodes of grid 801. When an insect enters the monitor 800, the insect provides capacitive coupling between the electrodes of the grid 801. The change is sensed by the capacitive sensing chip 803. The time and date of the event is determined by the microprocessor block 804 and may be stored in memory 805 or can be transmitted directly to a computer 16 via RF device 807. If the data is stored in memory block 805, it may be transmitted at a latter time (e.g., in a batch mode) via RF device 807; it can be stored for transmission to a PDA device 21 via IR device 806; and/or it can be transmitted after additional data is entered at manual input device (switch) 808. If RF device 807 provides for two way transmission, the information can also be transmitted after a polling transmission by computer 16 (via receiver block 15).
Prior art devices of this type of monitor are often accomplished by use of glue boards with plastic covers or strategically placed attractants. A limitation of these devices is that a service technician does not have the ability to determine when the activity occurred during the service cycle. The monitor shown in
A further discussion of the capacitive sensing monitor may be found in the commonly assigned application of the assignee hereof entitled METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CAPACITIVELY SENSING PESTS, and filed concurrently herewith on Mar. 27, 2003. Such application is incorporated herein by reference.
In operation, a mouse or other rodent enters the trap 900 through entrance holes 903 into trap mechanism 904 or 904′. The weight of the rodent lowers the mechanism 904 or 904′ closing contact 905 or passing magnet 908 past magnetic sensor 909. The rodent crawls under the lower opening of blocking element 906 and into the trap 900. Once the rodent is off of the mechanism 904 or 904′, it springs back up so the rodent cannot exit back through holes 903. Cover 902 is hinged and securely fastens to base 907. The sensor 12 detects the momentary contact of contact 905 or change in magnetic field from magnet 908 and triggers a pest activity or detection signal to transmitter 14. This causes transmitter 14 to communicate with receiver 15 that a pest event occurred. During subsequent inspection, additional trap parameter data can be entered through buttons 13.
It will be appreciated that the principles of this invention apply not only to the types of activity sensing pest devices (including traps and monitors) described herein, but also to the method of collecting pest monitoring and/or trap data, and then providing feedback data based on physical inspections. While particular embodiments of the invention have been described with respect to its application, it will be understood by those skilled in the art that the invention is not limited by such application or embodiment or the particular components disclosed and described herein. It will be appreciated by those skilled in the art that other components that embody the principles of this invention and other applications therefor other than as described herein can be configured within the spirit and intent of this invention. The arrangement described herein is provided as only one example of an embodiment that incorporates and practices the principles of this invention. Other modifications and alterations are well within the knowledge of those skilled in the art and are to be included within the broad scope of the appended claims.